December 30th National Bicarbonate of Soda Day

Most people have perhaps of the most useful tools known to man sitting on their shelves in the kitchen, bicarbonate of soda. We know it better as baking soda. It is sodium carbonate or sodium bi-carbonate that when mixed with water becomes carbon dioxide.

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You may not appreciate all it can do. For years it was used to help make bread rise, and of course it still is used for that same purpose but it also can be used to ease heartburn and stomach indigestion, and removes odors from foods left in the refrigerator.

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It can be used as a fire extinguisher for grease or oil fires and has been used as a cleaner on practically any surface (Though it may leave scratches if not diluted properly. It can be used as a meat tenderizer and minimizes flatulence from any bean dish. it can clean and polish silver and works well as a way to remove burnt on foods from dishes.

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Of course the most widely known source for bicarbonate of soda is Arm & Hammer which has been around since 1867. This is a must for every kitchen or work shop.

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How to celebrate – Make sure you have some Bicarbonate of Soda in the house. Place some bicarbonate of soda in your refridgerator. Keep some bicarbonate of soda in your bathroom for those “special” moments.